BMW is working on an updated version of the X1 crossover. The smallest Bimmer SUV is receiving a couple of interesting changes, which will make it better from the predecessor without any doubt. As far as we’ve managed to found out so far, the car isn’t only getting a slight exterior refresh, but also several important tech upgrades. Plus, the automaker has a plane to offer the amazing B48 engine beneath the hood, as well as an all-new plug-in hybrid SUV which is going to be called the 2019 BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance.
The BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance will use pretty much the identical system as the 225xe Active Tourer. Meaning, the plug-in hybrid system combines a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine with an electric-motor and 10.7-kWh battery for a total output of 220 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque. By using both technologies of the drivetrain together the 2020 X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance will reduce fuel consumption to 1.8 liters per 100 kilometers. Also, the system will have an EV model that’s going to be limited to 120 km/h. According to our insiders, the crossover will be able to travel up to 60 km without any help of the internal combustion engine.
In case you want to own a more powerful version from the 2019 BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance, the X1 with the B48 engine under the hood seems like the perfect option for you. The mighty mill pumps out the pretty respectable output of 302 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. Since we are talking about an M model you can also expect M equipment that includes Sport Suspension, Sport Differential, and Sport braking with blue calipers.
Exterior changes are limited to bumpers and lights. Even though we haven’t managed to see the pre-production model, we are pretty sure that the new styling cues are going to have a lot in common with the new X2. More precisely, the refreshed 2019 BMW X1 is going to get identical LED-treated headlights, taillights, and bumpers as the X2. The smallest BMW SUV will also host the more angular gearshift design as the X2, while the updated infotainment system should rely on a bit larger display.
Judging by the latest reports, the 2019 X1 will be introduced next year in Geneva. The 2019 BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance, however, might arrive a bit later.